This 1/25 oz .9999 fine Proof Gold coin depicts Elijah in the Whirlwind and is the sixteenth in the series of Biblical Art coins produced by the Holy Land Mint.
Limited mintage of 5,000 coins! No longer available from the mint.
The obverse shows the face value of 1 NIS, "Israel" in English, Hebrew and Arabic, a biblical inscription in English and Arabic around the border, and the upper right in Hebrew are artistic letters resembling flames within the whirlwind. The top center is the Israel State Emblem. The reverse shows Elijah going up to heaven in a chariot of fire drawn by horses of fire. Below left is Elisha, who is to take over Elijah's prophetic role, shocked by the parting of Elijah. This fantastically designed 1/25 oz proof-like Gold coin comes in a classic wooden box.
Elijah the Prophet, about whom we are told in the Book of Kings I and II, is shown ascending to heaven in the whirlwind in a chariot of fire drawn by horses of fire. This is one of the most famous Biblical scenes, which has been an inspiration for artists throughout the ages. The relationship between Elijah and Elisha, his disciple, was incredibly strong and contributed to the magnitude of this image.
Holy Land Mint:
The Holy Land Mint - Israel Coins & Medals Corp. (ICMC) was established in 1961 and perpetually pursues their stated objective of “commemorating significant historic, national, social, scientific, and cultural achievements of the State of Israel” by specializing in commissioning, designing, minting and distributing unique Gold and Silver coins which reflect the unique character of Israel’s past, present and hoped-for future. They are the exclusive distributor on behalf of the Bank of Israel of all commemorative coins, and many of their remarkable coins are only offered in limited editions. Each of their products holds a uniquely historic legacy that is complimented by their renowned reputation for the highest quality coins and rounds.
This beautiful coin comes in the original box with the certificate of authenticity from the Holy Land Mint.